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Thursday 2 October 2014

Rotary celebrates ten years of wine and art evenings

Published 13/11/2013 | 05:36

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Launching the Killarney Rotary Wine and Art night were Paul Sherry, President, Killarney Rotary, Tom Leslie, Conor Hennigan, Geert Maes Killarney Rotary, Breda Dwyer Irish Wheelchair Association, Barry Murphy (standing from left) Katie O’Connell, Brendan Coffey Irish Pilgrimage Trust, Con Brosnan Irish Kidney Association, Rory Darcy St Oliver’s National School Ballycasheen and Killarney Rotary, Eduard Schmidt-Zorner, James Tarrant, Con Keane, Conor Griffin, John O’Sullivan Killarney Rotary and Jean Courtney South-East Kerry Rural Recreational Micro Track at The Malton, Killarney.

SOMETIMES you just have to enjoy the finer things in life and there's no better place than the annual Killarney Rotary Club 'Evening of Wine and Art', taking place in The Malton Hotel on Wednesday, November 20.

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Now in its landmark 10th year, the evening was launched last Wednesday during the club's weekly lunch at The Malton, where Killarney Rotary President Paul Sherry said, the Wine and Art Evening has raised in excess of €200,000 over the last 10 years which has gone to support local charities.

Over 1,000 people are expected to attend on the night, which has firmly established itself as a real highlight of Kerry's social calendar.

This year will see the introduction of work by a number of talented craft artists to supplement the array of paintings on display. "We wanted to add something different to the event on its 10th anniversary and felt that the inclusion of a select group of craft artists would add a touch of variety to the evening and provide our audience with a wider offering of products to choose from," said Paul.

There will be lots of wine, cheese and beer to sample on the night, which also features an auction of artwork with proceeds going to charity.

Wine connoisseurs should also take note that huge attention to detail has been paid to the selection of wines, with premium quality labels available including Vacqueyras red and Pouilly-Fumé white wines, all thanks to Daly's SuperValu.

Kerry Hospice Foundation members will be on hand selling the foundation's charity Christmas cards, and the raffle will be co-ordinated by the Irish Pilgrimage Trust, which brings young people with special needs on pilgrimage and on holiday to Lourdes every Easter.

Amongst the charities and community projects being supported by this year's event are the Irish Kidney Association, Irish Wheelchair Association, the outdoor playground at St Oliver's NS, Ballycasheen, which is an ongoing Killarney Rotary-supported project, and a proposed community-based athletics running track facility for Killarney.

Live musical entertainment will be supplied by Mike Neeson on the night and tickets cost €20. For further details killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com.

Kerryman

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